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You probably heard that House Republicans brought Dick Cheney in for a meeting yesterday so he — yes, he, most recently of blundered Iraq war fame — could strategize with them on the next go round in that miserable disaster. They were more than happy to listen, according to Rep. Peter King (R-NY), “because most of us think we did the right thing in Iraq.” Really? Does that mean “most” of them still believe al Qaeda was there (it wasn’t) and Saddam Hussein had WMD (he didn’t)?
Holy cow. Is this really happening?
Today Cheney gave a speech at the ultra-conservative American Enterprise Institute and railed at Obama to do whatever it takes “to win,” even though he and Bush weren’t able to do that themselves. What gall.
Anyway, what in the world are Republicans thinking bringing back this monster as an adviser? The guy left office with a 13% approval rating and my sense is he’s still widely despised. All I can think of is this is what happens when a bunch of people — as in House Republicans — live in Faux News/Limbaugh land.
USA! USA! USA! We’re #1 all right, at being idiots when it comes to climate change:
This may confirm suspicions that many of us have already had. Besides leading the world in consumer debt and military spending, the U.S. can now add climate denial to that list. That is, according to a Global Trends survey by the U.K.-based market research firm Ipsos MORI. The study polled 16,000 people in 20 leading countries on eight different topics, including the environment.
Not only was the U.S. last, but it was last by a considerable margin. Consider the following question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree, the climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity?” A mere 54 percent of respondents from the U.S. agreed. Compare that with 93 percent from China and 84 percent from both Argentina and Italy. India, France, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, South Korea and South Africa all scored 75 percent or higher.
Tied for second-to-last with 64 percent were Great Britain and Australia. What do these three English-speaking countries have in common? Among other things, global media holding companyNews Corporation, the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Canada, which is also blessed with Murdoch’s version of the news, was only slightly better, with 71 percent agreeing.
Just think, Rupert Murdoch’s greatest legacy might be that he brainwashed four of the leading countries on Earth into believing climate change was a hoax — to benefit his corporate oil and gas buddies — thus leading to the destruction of the planet itself because the world waited too long to take action.
The Antichrist incarnate.
I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.
Aye yie yie. I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH. Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:
When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.
Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.
But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.
So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.
If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster. But, voila, here we are.
That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.
One of the things I’m proudest of in all my life is the association with, and work I did on the documentary, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.
July 9 marks the ten-year anniversary of the release of that film. It premiered at the New School in New York City…the one and only movie premiere I’ve ever been to. I hadn’t seen any part of the film prior to the premiere so I and the other researchers were pretty darn excited. At the end I broke down in tears.
Here is a retrospective video the film’s producer, Robert Greenwald of BraveNewFilms, posted on YouTube yesterday. In it, he thanks us researchers (a/k/a “Newshounds,” a name we adopted after we started blogging at Newshounds.us after the film debuted). He also included a photo of each of us (I wish I could have sent an updated one as I’ve lost 60 pounds since then) and that’s my voice on the phone saying I feel for the people who watch Fox all the time.
Sadly, three of the eight Newshounds have since died: Deborah Yesner, Nancy Anton and Eleanor White.
So, so proud to have helped expose Fox “News” for the biased, conservative propaganda outlet it is to this day. Why the FCC lets it use the word news in its title still ticks me off no end.
Check it out:
I thought it was unethical for a mental health professional to diagnose and/or speak to the condition, thoughts or actions of someone unless they’d actually examined that person but hey, we’re talking Fox “News” so all that’s out the door.
On today’s edition of Fox’s “Outnumbered,” their resident so-called psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow, opined on how President Obama has apparently involved many countries and many human beings in a collaborative effort to play the World Cup right now, to distract from his political problems:
At a time when there’s so many national issues and international issues of such prominence, I am a little suspicious of yet another bread and circus routine. Let’s roll out the marijuana, pull back the laws and get people even more crazy about yet another entertainment event. This is to distract people. This is like Rome. It’s like Rome. I can see why Obama would love the World Cup.[Overtalk.]I think it’s interesting that at a time when there’s so much to pay attention to of such great import, people are playing games.
James Rosen, who serves as Fox’s “Chief Washington Correspondent,” just posted a lengthy article titled: “EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl Declared Jihad in Captivity, Secret Documents Show.”
Here’s the first paragraph:
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.
Really? How about if I say I saw James Rosen taking a stabbing someone in the middle of 5th Avenue in NYC on, oh, say March 4, 2014 (“purported witness”) and I write that information down (“secret document”) and I hand it to a reporter somewhere. Is it reasonable for me to expect that reporter will report what I supposedly saw and wrote down without so much as investigating whether I can prove I was in NYC on March 4? No, at least not until now.
That’s what happened here.
It’s clear that Fox is so crazed to destroy President Obama / Democrats (don’t forget, we’ve got midterms coming up) it’s lost whatever semblance of its journalistic mind it possessed before now. It’s goal isn’t to inform, it is to shovel out as much propaganda as it possibly can, as fast as it can.
My Tweet of the Day is from Michael Moyer, the Editor of Scientific American: